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LSU kicks off 2016 season at Tiger Stadium with a pair of night games

(Bill Feig)

(Bill Feig)

LSU will kick off the 2016 home schedule under the lights of Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers’ game against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10 and the Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 17 will air at night, the league announced Tuesday on SEC Network. LSU’s Thanksgiving clash at Texas A&M will also come under the lights.

LSU’s second game against Jacksonville State will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will air on ESPNU. The clash with the Bulldogs is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN or ESPN2, and the meeting with the Aggies will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Night home games are an integral part of LSU’s tradition, and they’ve become a hot topic for Tigers fans who scoff at games under the sun. Athletic director Joe Alleva lobbied the SEC office and the networks to keep the tradition in mind two years ago.

Given Tuesday’s announcements, the Tigers would have played 22 of their last 28 games at night when they meet Mississippi State on Sept. 17.

LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. – something ESPN announced three weeks ago. The Tigers and Badgers will meet at Lambeau Field in a highly touted matchup that has attracted ESPN’s popular college football show.

College GameDay will originate ahead of the game from the shadows of Lambeau in Green Bay, Wisconsin, according to analyst Kirk Herbstreit. ABC will televise the afternoon kickoff.

LSU 2016 Football Schedule

  • Sept. 3 vs. Wisconsin (Lambeau): 2:30 p.m., ABC
  • Sept. 10 vs. Jacksonville State: 6:30 p.m., ESPNU
  • Sept. 17 vs. Mississippi State: 6 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
  • Sept. 24 at Auburn: TBA
  • Oct. 1 vs. Missouri: TBA
  • Oct. 8 at Florida: TBA
  • Oct. 15 vs. Southern Miss: TBA
  • Oct. 22 vs. Ole Miss: TBA
  • Nov. 5 vs. Alabama: TBA
  • Nov. 12 at Arkansas: TBA
  • Nov. 19 vs. South Alabama: TBA
  • Nov. 24 at Texas A&M: 6:30 p.m., ESPN

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Kirk Herbstreit confirms that College Game Day will, indeed, reside from LSU-Wisconsin season opener

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It’s official now – well, mostly.

ESPN’s popular pregame college football show, College GameDay, will broadcast from LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3, Kirk Herbstreit said on Doug Gottlieb’s radio show Friday.

“Week 1 College GameDay is at Lambeau for Wisconsin-LSU,” said Herbstreit, the former Ohio State quarterback and lead analyst for College GameDay.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez announced in April that the show would shoot from what’s expected to be a titanic showdown between the Tigers and Badgers at the Packers’ home field, but no one from ESPN had confirmed the news.

In fact, Lee Fitting, the show’s producer, tweeted last month suggesting the network hadn’t decided on a location from which to air during college football’s blockbuster Week 1. Herbstreit released his Week 1 schedule to Gottlieb.

After the College GameDay show in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Herbstreit will fly to Dallas, Texas, to cover the Southern Cal-Alabama match. He’ll also call the Florida State-Ole Miss meeting Monday, Sept. 5, in Orlando, Florida.

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Five in five: Mississippi lineman pledges to LSU for fifth commitment in five days

Saahdiq Charles is returning to his home state for college, he says.

Saahdiq Charles (247Sports.com)

Saahdiq Charles (247Sports.com)

Charles, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive guard living in Mississippi, committed to LSU on Tuesday in an announcement on Twitter.

Charles, a New Orleans native displaced after Hurricane Katrina, pledged to the Tigers among offers from Mississippi State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati and Southern Miss. The three-star prospect is ranked as the 21st offensive guard in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.com, and he continues LSU’s commitment streak.

He’s the fifth player to give a verbal, non-binding pledge to LSU over the last five days.

“I always wanted to be a tiger,” he said Tuesday after the announcement.

Charles played his junior season last year at Madison-Ridgeland Academy, a private school north of Jackson, Mississippi, after transferring from nearby St. Joseph Catholic High. Mississippi was the third stop since he left his New Orleans East home at age 6 after Hurricane Katrina barreled into it.

Charles attended elementary school at St. Simon Peter, along the south bank of Lake Pontchatrain. Most of his family still lives in New Orleans. His mother and him moved to Georgia and then Alabama before landing in Mississippi “about five years ago,” he said.

“Everybody is back there,” Charles said of New Orleans.

Charles is the 12th commitment in LSU’s 2017 class, the fifth from out of state and the third on the offensive line, joining Deculus and Texas guard Edward Ingram.

His verbal pledge is the fifth in five days. Texas tackle Austin Deculus started the steak Friday. Mississippi junior college receiver Stephen Guidry and Georgia fullback Tory Carter committed during the program’s Bayou Picnic event Saturday, moving the Tigers’ 2017 commit class into the top 10 nationally. Catholic High defensive end Aaron Moffitt, the son of LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt, committed on Monday.

The class, now ranked No. 3 in 247Sports’ composite team rankings, is shaping into one of the nation’s best, with five commitments ranked inside the top 10 at their respected positions. The Tigers are on pace for a fifth straight top-10 class and a fourth straight top-5 class in 247Sports’ composite team rankings – an unparalleled run for the program.

“Even though it’s not a heavy in-state class, it’s heavy on Louisiana and LSU ties,” said Barton Simmons, national recruiting reporter for 247Sports.com. “That’s what LSU is so good at capitalizing on.”

Charles is another example of that – a New Orleans native chased away by Katrina but now returning home. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is Charles’ primary recruiter, and the two developed a close relationship since the Tigers offered him last month.

“It’s the right fit for me,” Charles said. “It’s where I want to be.”

LSU’s 2017 commitment class

  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
  • QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
  • DT Tyler Shelvin, Notre Dame (Lafayette)
  • OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
  • QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
  • QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
  • OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
  • OT Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
  • WR Stephen Guidry, Hinds CC (Morganza)
  • FB Tory Carter, Lee County (Leesburg, Georgia)
  • OG Saahdiq Charles, MRA (Ridgeland, Mississippi)
  • DE Aaron Moffitt, Catholic (Baton Rouge)

LSU’s 2018 commitment class

  • DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
  • DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
  • QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
  • WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)

LSU Football Twitter Mailbag: You asked about incoming freshmen, Dave Aranda’s defense and more

Devin White is poised for a significant role as a freshman this season.

Devin White is poised for a significant role as a freshman this season.

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @RossDellenger to submit a question.

Mid-year enrollees Saivion Smith, Dee Anderson and Devin White are your three impact freshmen. They’re ahead of those other signees who won’t arrive to campus until June. They’ve gone through winter/off-season workouts and then spring practice. And all three of them made impressions at the spring game.

In the spring game, Smith worked with the first string defense at cornerback in the nickel package. LSU was down four DBs, but Smith’s place in running with the No. 1s is still a sign of his potential impact this season as a rotational player in the secondary.

Anderson made, arguably, the spring game’s best catch. Check it out:

He, like White, participated with the second string. Anderson appears to be in the top 4-5 receiver rotation, and White appears to be LSU’s backup middle linebacker to Kendell Beckwith. That doesn’t mean he’s the immediate replacement for Beckwith (Duke Riley might be the next man up), but White put himself in position to have a role this season.

(see answer to your last question below)

There’s not much of one, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see something unfold in preseason camp. The pecking order in the spring was clear: Colin Jeter, Foster Moreau, Jacory Washington. DeSean Smith missed spring while recovering from a knee procedure.

Jeter is LSU’s do-it-all tight end, a pass-catcher and blocker. The 260-pound Moreau is the run-blocker of the group, and Smith is the receiver. I don’t expect that to change this season. The question: Will LSU move someone to tight end after Dillon Gordon was ruled ineligible?

The Tigers don’t have another tight end with Gordon’s size (300-plus), but they do have a handful of offensive linemen who could fill that role. Keep an eye on that in preseason camp.

Smith played in nine games last season and caught four passes for 82 yards. He missed three of the final four games with what appears to be a knee injury that he sustained against Alabama. Smith missed spring practice recovering from a knee procedure, but he’s expected to be full go by the time preseason camp arrives.

Moore is expected to, not only be fully healthy by preseason camp, but he’s likely to return 100 percent by the time LSU begins summer workouts in about two weeks. Late during spring practice, Moore was running at full speed.

He is the unquestioned starter at the position, but keep your eye on Ducre. Running backs coach Jabbar Juluke said the former No. 1-ranked prep fullback in the nation impressed him during spring practice. Ducre even received some reps at running back.

Darrel Williams, according to players, did not work with the fullbacks in spring. It appears that Ducre is taking Williams’ running role in the fullback position. We won’t know that until the season begins, though.

You have to first look at 310-pound tackle Rashard Lawrence, a versatile linemen who could play LSU’s new end position and nose tackle. Edwin Alexander, if he qualifies academically, might have an immediate impact at nose tackle as well.

Drake Davis (receiver) and Kristian Fulton (DB) are highly talented skill players, and Rahssan Thornton is a candidate at outside linebacker.

I assume you mean spring practice (and not camp, since camp hasn’t started). It’s tough to tell much from watching practice. After all, we were allowed just 20-30 minutes to watch and rarely during the open portion was LSU in scrimmage-like team drills.

Having said that, given new coordinator Dave Aranda’s past success and the talent on LSU’s front seven, you can expect a lot of production. The Tigers potentially have three players on the front seven who could be picked in the top three rounds of next year’s draft (Kendell Beckwith, Lewis Neal, Davon Godchaux) and that’s not including sophomore Arden Key, possibly the most athletic and talented guy on the Tigers’ defense.

Throw in returning All-American candidate in Jamal Adams at safety and a potential first-round pick in Tre’Davious White at cornerback, and the Tigers are loaded.

Expect a lot.

Coaches can work with players two hours per week for an eight week period in the summer, but that’s not near enough time, coach Les Miles said after the spring game. It’s up to players to spend time over the summer learning with one another on their team-issued iPads, Miles said.

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‘They all broke into tears': Tommy Moffitt’s son, Aaron, commits to LSU

Aaron Moffitt with Bradley Dale Peveto during a visit to LSU in February.

Aaron Moffitt with Bradley Dale Peveto during a visit to LSU in February.

Tommy Moffitt is an intimidating figure.

He’s like most college strength and conditioning coaches, a tall, brawny frame with a grizzled mug.

On Monday, he cried.

Catholic High defensive end Aaron Moffitt brought his father to tears by committing to LSU, pledging to his dad’s employer in a somewhat surprising move. Aaron delivered the message to his parents after swimming with his brother in the family’s backyard pool Monday afternoon.

“They all broke into tears,” Moffitt said.

Even your dad?

“Yeah,” he answered. “My dad was excited. He never knew where I’d commit, and he never tried to push me in committing somewhere. I’m sure it was one of the things … he’s always wished to see his son play for him.”

Aaron Moffitt – all 6-foot-4, 255 pounds of him – continued LSU’s streak of commitments. He’s the fourth player to give the Tigers a non-binding, verbal pledge in the last four days, and his commitment pushed the program’s 2017 commitment class to No. 5 in the 247Sports.com’s composite team rankings.

The class could get another addition Tuesday.

Mississippi offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles, choosing between the Tigers and Mississippi State, is scheduled to announce his commitment on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, he said Monday.

Moffitt is a three-star prospect and the No. 41 defensive end in the nation, according to 247Sports. He received an offer from LSU in February and carries offers from Nebraska, Cal and South Carolina, to name a few.

Moffitt says TCU was “as close to getting me as any other college,” but the Horned Frogs never offered him a scholarship.

“They never pulled the trigger on me,” he said. “I was kind of done with recruiting and wanted to get it over with.”

His brother Clay sparked the timing of the commitment. While swimming in the family pool, Clay told Aaron he should commit to LSU.

“I was like, ‘OK,’” Aaron said. “I texted Coach Cam (Cameron). I said, ‘Coach Cam, I’m ready to commit.’”

He told his father next.

Tommy Moffitt, a Tennessee native, is in his 16th season as LSU’s head strength and conditioning coach. Former head coach Nick Saban hired Moffitt away from Miami in 2000.

“It’s going to be so much fun,” Tommy said in a text to The Advocate Monday after his son’s commitment.

Moffitt is the 11th player in LSU’s 2017 commitment class and fourth in this torrid four-day span. Texas tackle Austin Deculus started the steak Friday. Mississippi junior college receiver Stephen Guidry and Georgia fullback Tory Carter committed during the program’s Bayou Picnic event Saturday, moving the Tigers’ 2017 commit class into the top 10 nationally.

Moffitt landed on The Advocate’s All-Metro 4A-5A team as a junior last season, recording 54 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in helping Catholic to its first state title. He played every snap at defensive end and is scheduled to begin his career at LSU at that position, but he won’t be limited to that spot. After all, he’s still growing despite his 6-4 height.

Tight end, tackle and center are all potential options, he said.

“I just turned 17,” he said. “The doctor said I’ll grow at least two more inches.”

LSU’s 2017 commitment class

  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
  • QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
  • DT Tyler Shelvin, Northside (Lafayette)
  • OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
  • QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
  • QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
  • OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
  • OT Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
  • WR Stephen Guidry, Livonia (Morganza)
  • FB Tory Carter, Lee County (Leesburg, Georgia)
  • DE Aaron Moffitt, Catholic High (Baton Rouge)

LSU’s 2018 commitment class

  • DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
  • DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
  • QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
  • WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)

Top-ranked JUCO receiver Stephen Guidry, FB Tory Carter commit to LSU

Stephen Guidry during a visit to LSU.

Stephen Guidry during a visit to LSU.

LSU landed a commitment from the top-ranked receiver in junior college and a low-profile fullback from Georgia.

Stephen Guidry, a Hinds County Community College standout and former Livonia star, and Tory Carter, a 6-2, 255-pound fullback, pledged to the Tigers during the program’s Bayou Picnic event on Saturday, they each posted on their Twitter accounts.

It gives LSU three commitments in 24 hours and two during the afternoon, increasing the 2017 commit class to 10 players. The group is ranked No. 10 in 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Tory Carter during a visit to LSU.

Tory Carter during a visit to LSU.

Guidry, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound 2017 prospect, chose the Tigers over several other offers, including those from Alabama and Georgia. The Crimson Tide was seen as a favorite to land Guidry’s commitment, but he picked the Tigers after visiting Baton Rouge for a second time Saturday in the last week. He’s ranked as the No.1 junior college receiver in the nation, according to 247Sports.com.

Carter, a Lee County High product from Leesburg, Georgia, is not rated in 247Sports’ rankings. He’s played fullback, defensive end and tight end in high school, but was recruited by LSU as a fullback. Carter became the third catch for Les Miles and the Tigers over the last day. Texas offensive lineman Austin Deculus committed to LSU on Friday.

During Livonia High’s march to the 3A state title game in 2014, Guidry , then a senior, caught 34 passes for 832 yards and 12 touchdowns – his only year at the school. He previously played at Pointe Coupee Central. The school closed after the 2013 football season.

Guidry spent his freshman season at McNeese State, redshirting that year, before leaving for Hinds in January. He will have three season of eligibility and is on track to graduate next spring.

LSU’s 2017 commitment class

  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
  • QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
  • DT Tyler Shelvin, Northside (Lafayette)
  • OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
  • QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
  • QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
  • OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
  • OT Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
  • WR Stephen Guidry, Livonia (Morganza)
  • FB Tory Carter, Lee County (Leesburg, Georgia)

LSU’s 2018 commitment class

  • DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
  • DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
  • QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
  • WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)

Four star Texas tackle Austin Deculus commits to LSU

Austin Deculus joins what is now an eight-member 2017 commitment class. (247Sports)

Austin Deculus joins what is now an eight-member 2017 commitment class. (247Sports)

Over the last few months, a wave of major college scholarship offers poured in for Austin Deculus.

He chose to pick the one he received more than a year ago.

Deculus, a four star offensive tackle from Texas, committed to LSU on Friday, he posted on Twitter. He pledged to the Tigers over recent offers from Texas A&M, Florida, Nebraska and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-6, 323-pounder is ranked nationally as the No. 10 offensive tackle in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

The Cy-Fair High standout is the first tackle commitment in LSU’s now eight-member 2017 group and the second offensive line pledge, joining fellow Texan Edward Ingram of DeSoto, Texas. Deculus unofficially visited LSU two weeks ago, and he’s one of several players attending the school’s Bayou Picnic, an invitation-only recruiting function, on Saturday.

The Tigers offered Deculus last May before a host of other programs jumped on the native of Cypress, Texas, a Houston suburb. Special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes are listed as Deculus’ primary and secondary recruiters, according to 247Sports.

LSU’s 2017 commitment class

  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
  • QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
  • DT Tyler Shelvin, Northside (Lafayette)
  • OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
  • QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
  • QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
  • OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
  • OT Austin Deculus, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)

LSU’s 2018 commitment class

  • DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
  • DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
  • QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
  • WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)

LSU DE Sione Teuhema remains with team – for now

Sione Teuhema battles OL Chidi Okeke during LSU spring practice.

Sione Teuhema battles OL Chidi Okeke during LSU spring practice.

LSU defensive end Sione Teuhema remains on the football team and will take a class over the summer that could determine his future, coach Les Miles said Tuesday.

Teuhema was suspended a month into spring practice for unknown reasons. Miles said then that he’s unsure “the suspension will conclude ever.”  The coach on Tuesday said he hasn’t made a decision on the rising junior’s future. Teuhema will “make” the decision for himself, Miles said.

“He’s going to take a class (over the summer),” the coach said.

Teuhema had participated in the first month of spring drills before Miles announced the suspension on April 9. It’s Teuhema’s second suspension in the calendar year. He missed the final three regular season games last year and did not travel with the Tigers to the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech. He was withheld for what Miles termed as a “coach’s decision.”

During spring practice, Teuhema was moved to the Buck position, an outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid role in LSU’s new 3-4 defense. He was playing behind starter Arden Key, along with Isaiah Washington. It’s a “natural position” for Teuhema, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said before his suspension.

Sione is the brother to LSU starting offensive lineman Maea Teuhema. The Texas natives signed with LSU a year apart. Maea is a 2015 signee who started as a true freshman last year. Sione signed as part of the 2014 class.

Under defensive coordinator John Chavis, Sione was mostly used his freshman season as a rushing defensive lineman in Chavis’ passing defense, Mustang. He played sparingly through the first seven regular season games last year.

Pocic on Rimington watch list

Center Ethan Pocic, a rising senior, is one of eight SEC centers and dozens nationally on the Rimington Award watch list.

The award is given to the nation’s best center. Pocic bypassed entering the NFL draft this year, remaining in school after undergoing hip surgery in January. He’s expected to anchor an offensive line returning two other starters.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982.

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LSU, Les Miles keeping it close: Tigers holding satellite camps in Texas, Louisiana – without Tulane

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LSU and coach Les Miles are keeping satellite camps simple. The Tigers are staying in their known recruiting grounds of Louisiana and Texas.

LSU is hosting satellite camps with nine in-state schools in Bossier City and New Orleans, and the program is partnering with others for two satellite camps in Texas, the coach announced Tuesday.

The Tigers are partnering with former assistant Frank Wilson, now head coach at Texas-San Antonio, for a satellite camp in the Dallas area at DeSoto High on June 13. They’re partnering with a pair of high schools for satellite camps in the Houston area on June 14.

“We look forward to get on the road and going,” Miles said. “It’s going to be fun.”

As previously reported, Miles and the Tigers are hosting a camp in New Orleans at the Saints practice facility on June 4. They’ll host a camp at Freedom Field in Bossier City on June 2, kicking off this satellite camp summer tour – a hot-button issue in college football over the last several months.

The NCAA reversed a decision outlawing satellite camps earlier this spring, lifting a rule that would have restricted teams’ summer recruiting camps to their campuses. The reversal went against the SEC’s wishes and fired up dozens of college head coaches.

Miles is one.

LSU will participate in five satellite camps – including a youth satellite camp in New Orleans on June 7 – in addition to five other on-campus camps the program’s held for years.

The coach called for the NCAA to add another full-time assistant to the current nine-member staffs to combat the extra workload regarding satellite camps and the NCAA’s new rule allowing coaches to text prospects on an unlimited basis.

“What you’ve done is added man hours to your calendar. You’re going to be on the road for satellite camps. You’re going to text a little more significantly,” he said. “I think there’s a need for 10 (staff members).”

Meanwhile, Miles continued his subtle shots at Tulane, a program that’s not participating in camps hosted by LSU. The Green Wave is partnering for a Louisiana-based satellite camp with Texas A&M, LSU’s Southeastern Conference Western Division rival.

Tulane will host A&M and Houston coaches on its campus for two campus (June 17 and July 23), and the teams will participate in camps in Shreveport and in Monroe on June 15.

Miles suggested the Aggies could poach talent from Tulane.

“I don’t know that they’re going to get out of that what they want,” he said when asked about in-state schools partnering with out-of-state SEC schools. “If you’re an in-state school, you want that prospect that might fall out of the view of that SEC (team). If there’s a bunch of SEC schools in here, there’s likelihood that, at some point in time, they take one of their prospects. Again, I don’t see that as being good for the great number of schools in the state.”

Asked specifically about Tulane joining LSU’s camps, Miles said, “They didn’t necessarily want to participate.”

Nine schools will join LSU during the satellite camps in Bossier City and in New Orleans, and they’ll be invited to attend LSU’s yearly on-campus camps, Miles said. They include Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese, Southeastern, Southern, Grambling, Nicholls State, Northwestern State and Louisiana College.

“The schools that I mentioned have a vested interest in the state of Louisiana,” Miles said. “Where they get their prospects is in Louisiana.”

LSU turned down requests to partner with schools in satellite camps outside of the country, Miles said. Why?

“I just could not take myself away from Louisiana,” he said. “You have to do the things important to you and to your program.”

Miles warned, though, that LSU’s camp schedule is not finalized and more could be added. Specifically, he said, a camp in Florida may be added in July. 247Sports reported last month that LSU would participate in Sound Mind Sound body showcases in Detroit, Atlanta, Tampa and Houston, but Miles confirmed Tuesday that will not happen.

LSU’s focus remains on its on-campus camps, Miles insisted during a 20-minute news conference Tuesday. LSU holds two high school camps (June 9 and June 21-23) in Baton Rouge, a 7-on-7/linemen camp (June 16), youth camp (June 5-6) and a specialist camp (June 3).

“The thing you don’t want to do is have a satellite camp in lieu of visiting Baton Rouge,” he said. “When they come to Baton Rouge, there’s more information given to a camper once he shows up on our campus, especially if that kid sees himself attending college here. We don’t want to change that.”

LSU satellite camp schedule

  • June 2, Bossier City (Freedom Field)
  • June 4, New Orleans (New Orleans Saints Practice Facility)
  • June 7, New Orleans (Joe Brown Park)
  • June 13, Dallas (DeSoto High, DeSoto, Texas)
  • June 14, Houston (Episcopal and Northshore high schools)

LSU’s yearly on-campus camp schedule

  • June 3: Specialist camp
  • June 5-6: Youth camp
  • June 9: High school camp
  • July 16: 7-on-7/lineman camp
  • July 21-23: High school camp

LSU, Wisconsin set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field. (AP)

Lambeau Field. (AP)

LSU and Wisconsin won’t be playing under the lights of Lambeau Field.

The Tigers’ season opener against the Badgers at the Packers’ home field kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC, ESPN announced on Tuesday. It’s the first college game at Lambeau since 1983.

The Sept. 3 game is part of ESPN and ABC’s season-opening tripleheader on each network. Here’s the schedule:

  • Oklahoma vs. Houston, 11 a.m., ABC (NRG Stadium, Houston)
  • Hawaii at Michigan, 11 a.m., ESPN
  • LSU vs. Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m., ABC (Lambeau Field)
  • Georgia vs. North Carolina, 4:30, ESPN (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
  • Southern Cal vs. Alabama, 7 p.m., ABC (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
  • Clemson at Auburn, 8 p.m., ESPN